or speir, spier
- Chiefly Scot. to ask; inquire.
Origin of speer
before 900; Middle English speren, spiren, Old English spyrian to make tracks, trace, ask about; cognate with German spüren, Old Norse spyrja to ask; akin to spoor
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Examples from the Web for speir
"Jist answer me ae queston, Isy, and I'll speir nae mair," said Marion.Salted With Fire
What was your name, madam, before your marriage to Mr. Speir?
On the occasion when Jack appeared he found Mrs. Speir seated in her library.
I maun be goin' hame, but I'll try and get back the morn, to speir how ye're keepin'.Morag</p>
Janet Milne Rae
How did you find all at Gawin's to-day, now when I have gotten time to speir?The Shepherd's Calendar
- Scot to ask; inquire
Old English spyrian to seek after, search for
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